U.S. working with Pak. to find way out of Afghan war: Trump

  1. US President has said that the United States and Pakistan are jointly seeking a way to end the war in Afghanistan.
  2. The US President wants to withdraw U.S troops in Afghanistan and sees Pakistan’s cooperation as crucial to any deal to end the war.
  3. In 2018,US had slashed millions of dollars of security assistance to Pakistan after it accused it of serving as a safe haven for militants. Pakistan has denied the accusations.
  4. Taliban and the US are currently focusing on four key issues that are going to decide any future agreement and the issues are (a) counterterrorism (b)troop withdrawal (c)intra-Afghan dialogue and (d)ceasefire.
  5. The US has also been urging the Taliban to accept a cease-fire and hold talks directly with the Afghan government.However,Taliban has refused to engage with Afghan government as it considers the Afghan government illegitimate.
  6. The Taliban has ruled large parts of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001,before being ousted in a US-led invasion.After years of insurgency, it now controls half of the country once more,mostly rural areas.